When Is It Time to Get New Ductwork?

April 13, 2021

When you have a problem with your AC or furnace, it's usually quite obvious. Whether your AC isn't cooling your home or your furnace isn't heating it, it's a no-brainer that you need a repair or a new system. But how do you know when you need new ductwork? The signs aren't always so obvious. What follows are tips and telltale signs your home could use some new ductwork.

Ducts Are Very Old

Just because your ductwork is getting up there in HVAC years (older than 15 or 20 years), it doesn't necessarily mean you need new ductwork. However, it's definitely a signal that your ducts need, at the very least, some attention.

As ducts get older, they develop leaks, collect dirt, have walls collapse, and holes caused by rust. All of these problems usually mean that getting new ductwork is best. Ask your HVAC technician to take a look at your old ducts to find out.

Hot/Cold Spots in Your Home

Hot and cold spots in a home could come from air leaks in the home's envelope, uneven airflow from the air vents, and/or heat gain or loss due to the home's orientation toward the sun. It's usually a combination of all three elements. However, uneven airflow from the vents is a sign of a more significant problem with the ductwork. Either the ducts are leaking, they were poorly designed — or both. Whatever the reason may be, you might need new ductwork.

Rising Energy Bills

In the average home, the HVAC system accounts for nearly half of the energy usage. That's quite a monthly expense against your budget. So, you certainly want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible.

If your energy bills are on the rise, coupled with uneven temperatures in the home, you could have a ductwork problem on your hands. The ductwork is susceptible to high-heat energy losses that waste a lot of energy. Your HVAC technician should inspect the ducts for insulation, air leaks, and design issues to see if you need new ductwork.

To find out if you need new ductwork for your home, please contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors today.